Despite current economic conditions that could slow implementation of Extensible Markup Language servers, International Data Group is predicting the market for XML servers will reach $3.7 billion in 2005.

The market grew 440 percent from 1999 to 2000 making XML the de facto standard for business-to-business integration, IDC says in an initial report on the market. The growth of XML server demand is expected to outperform other portions of the software industry during the next four years.

"IDC expects XML-enabled database management system vendors to maintain rapid growth, with relational database management systems emerging as the dominant market area for XML servers in 2005," says Susan Funke, research manager for IDC's information and data management service.

The XML server market also includes vendors from other market areas including application servers and integration software server platforms, IDC says.

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